Ministers ‘must quickly ban LGBT+ conversion therapy

Mar 9, 2021 by

from BBC News:

Campaigners have accused the government of not moving quickly enough towards banning LGBT+ “conversion therapy” in England and Wales.

MPs from across the political spectrum called during a Westminster debate for the practice to be made illegal.

Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch said the government was “committed” to “ending” it, and took the issue “very seriously”.

But equality campaigners and some MPs said targeted action was needed.

“Conversion therapy” refers to any form of treatment or psychotherapy which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, ranging from electric shock treatment to religious teaching and discussion.

The practice is already outlawed in Switzerland and parts of Australia, Canada and the US.

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